Behind the scenes with Taku Bannai
Taku Bannai is the first artist to feature in Life on two wheels, our illustrated series about the simple pleasures and universal joys of cycling. Based in Tokyo, the artist creates his works using kiri-e, the art of papercutting. The resulting scenes are simple yet layered, familiar yet anonymous, clear yet open to interpretation. It’s this sense of ambiguity that shifts his work from mere “images” to scenes that develop and evolve over time. Venturing to his atelier, located on the top floor of an apartment complex in Nishi Tokyo, we sought out the inspiration, tools and thinking behind his works.
Text by Ben Davis
Photo by Daisuke Hashihara